What I do

The Wessex makes an appearance

29/07/2012
Adding to the action
Arrival of the Wessex and more deck work.
You may have noticed the rough outline of a Wessex in the previous image. Here I establish the helicopter in a more central position. My initial placement would have elongated the action of the painting and I wanted to keep the whole thing much tighter. I've used both cadmium red and yellow here to show the vivid colours of the safety helicopter. Throughout the painting my palette has been restricted to these colours:
Prussian Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Titanium White
As in all aspects of Aviation painting research is very important. Photos from the Wessex at Newark Air Museum help even though it is in "Junglie" green. The internet provides endless images but I am careful to drawn the aircraft in an attitude of my own devising and not simply copy a photo.
I give more attention to the deck. I want it wet to give decent reflections and give me the opportunity to put water spray around the area of the props to give more impact.